Buddha bowls are so appealing because there are no rules. I was inspired by my love for sizzling chicken fajitas. Instead of eating a tortilla I put the chicken and veggies on a bed of fluffy quinoa. So, that’s how this buddha bowl was born.
Quinoa is a a seed that gets fluffy with a little crunch when cooked in water. It’s easy to cook, just like rice. Unlike rice, it has a lot of protein and contains essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make. So, if you’re trying to build some muscle then this is a great side to eat.
So, we have sauteed pepper and onions that are cooked until they’re caramelized and juicy. Then we have bite sized chicken that’s coated with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Black beans add a creaminess, and the salty cheddar cheese melts onto everything.
OK, let’s get started.
Put quinoa in strainer and rinse. In a pot add water, quinoa, coconut oil, salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat so that it’s simmering, cover, and let it cook 15 minutes. When all the liquid is absorbed, remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Fluff it with a fork when it’s done.
Put 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a pan, and raise the heat to medium. Cut up pepper and onion into long, thin slices, and add to the pan. Sprinkle with a pinch of pepper and stir until coated with olive oil.
Put 1 tbsp of olive oil in a cast iron skillet on medium/high heat. Rinse and pat dry chicken breast. Sprinkle both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Drain beans. Shred 2-4 oz. of cheddar cheese.
Now it’s time for the fiery avocado dip. I was inspired by this recipe from Tabs and Tidbits. I used less garlic and altered it a bit….what a delicious recipe!
Put avocados, jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, non-fat plain Greek yogurt, white vinegar, olive oil, water, salt, and pepper to a food processor or Magic Bullet.
Squeeze the juice from two limes into the mix. Use this citrus squeezer to make things easier.
CHICKEN FAJITA BUDDHA BOWL
|Time: 50 minutes
Pepper and Onion
Do you want more flavor in the quinoa? Cook it in vegetable or chicken stock.
Are you eating more greens? Substitute the quinoa for spinach or baby kale.
Here’s a delicious vegetarian dish, beanballs with spicy mushroom quinoa.
Also, try out this chicken rollatini with spaghetti squash.